Six Dr. Seuss books are being pulled from publication, the organization who manages the late author’s legacy accounted today, reports CNBC. The announcement came on Theodor Seuss Geisel’s—better known as Dr. Seuss’—birthday. He was born on March 2, 1904
The reason for the discontinuation of the books? Dr. Seuss Enterprises says they are being pulled because the “books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” Specifically, the six books are being discontinued because of imagery they contain that represents Blacks, Asians, and others in stereotypical and racist ways. The Dr. Seuss books being discontinued are:
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
- If I Ran the Zoo
- McElligot’s Pool
- On Beyond Zebra!
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
- The Cat’s Quizzer
In a statement, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said they made the decision last year after months of consideration. “Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics, and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” the statement said.